Mystic Powers (II)


Eric Gansworth

I don't know any Indians
who wear crystals
around their necks or anywhere
else for that matter.
Most medicine bags I've seen
come in the nickel and dime
denominations, having little to do
with the mystical world
Rod Serling told us existed
between the light and the shadow
the black and the white
and more with the magic we pull through
clenched teeth and sharp wind which
is never enough to save us
from even one hot white seed
leaping from the joint burning straight
through our ribbon shirts scarring
the dark flesh beneath.

© 1998 Eric Gansworth

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